Weather DiceThe weather is never far from our thoughts in the UK, whether it is too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry. The changeable nature of our weather also causes problems to our horse racing calendar, where conditions can be too dangerous to race on.

Racing mainly faces abandonments during the winter months, when sustained or heavy rainfall can lead to turf racetracks becoming waterlogged or even flooded. The winter also brings cold snaps where the low temperatures can bring frozen tracks which cannot be raced upon. Snowfall can also lead to the cancellation of racing, even on all-weather surfaces.

Low sun (believe it or not) can make racing treacherous in the autumn and winter, although this usually leads to missing fences or at worst the loss of a race or two.

High winds can halt racing at any point in the year, famously putting a stop to two days of racing at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival. The Summer can also bring problems for racecourse, water supply issues during dry spells have been known to stop racing and there’s also occasional flash floods during downpours.

Whatever the reason for a meeting’s cancellation in the UK or Ireland, we’ll detail them below.

Current Month: October 2021

No meetings abandoned so far this month.

Monthly Stats For 2021 (UK & IRE)

MonthMeetings AbandonedJump MeetingsFlat Meetings
September 2021 1 0 1
August 2021 3 0 3
July 2021 1 0 1
June 2021 4 1 3
May 2021 8 2 6
April 2021 1 1 0
March 2021 1 1 0
February 2021 31 28 3
January 2021 30 30 0


September 2021

27/09/2021 Hamilton Park Flat Waterlogging

August 2021

08/08/2021 Haydock Flat Waterlogging
19/08/2021 Fontwell Flat Track Unraceable
25/08/2021 Fontwell Flat Track Unraceable

July 2021

12/07/2021 Windsor Flat Track Unraceable

June 2021

29/06/2021 Hamilton Flat Accident
25/06/2021 Cartmel Jumps Waterlogging
21/06/2021 Windsor Flat Heavy Rain
18/06/2021 Goodwood Flat Heavy Rain

May 2021

06/05/2021 Wincanton Jump Firm Ground
11/05/2021 Chepstow Flat Waterlogging
11/05/2021 Wetherby Flat Waterlogging
12/05/2021 Newton Abbot Jump Heavy Rain
24/05/2021 Windsor Flat Waterlogging
26/05/2021 Newton Abbot Flat Waterlogging
26/05/2021 Beverley Flat Waterlogging
26/05/2021 Gowran Park Flat Waterlogging

April 2021

04/04/2021 Hereford Jump False Ground

March 2021

14/03/2021 Bangor Jump Waterlogging

February 2021

The wintery weather in February played havoc with the horse racing calendar in both Britain and Ireland. Storm Christophe brought in widespread significant rainfall with many turf fixtures having to cancel meetings due to waterlogging and patches of false ground. Bangor-On-Dee racecourse was particularly badly effected, cancelling their meeting on the 12th due to damage caused by the River Dee bursting its banks.

February also brought about the coldest temperatures of the year so far with many courses unraceable due to a frozen track. Snowfall also caused fixtures to be abandoned, even to the all-weather tracks of Chelmsford and Newcastle.

26/02/2021 Gowran Park Jump Waterlogging
22/02/2021 Lingfield Jump Waterlogging
20/02/2021 Gowran Park Jump Waterlogging
19/02/2021 Limerick Jump Heavy Rain
18/02/2021 Clonmel Jump Heavy Rain
13/02/2021 Chelmsford  Flat (AW) Bad Weather
13/02/2021 Warwick Jump Frozen Track
13/02/2021 Newbury Jump Frozen Track
12/02/2021 Chelmsford Flat (AW) Bad Weather
12/02/2021 Bangor-on-Dee Jump Flooding
12/02/2021 Kempton Park Jump Waterlogging
11/02/2021 Thurles Jump Snow
11/02/2021 Ffos Las Jump Frozen Track
11/02/2021 Doncaster Jump Snow
11/02/2021 Huntingdon Jump Waterlogging
10/02/2021 Sedgefield Jump Waterlogging
10/02/2021 Fairyhouse Jump Waterlogging
10/02/2021 Fontwell Park Jump Waterlogging
10/02/2021 Ludlow Jump Bad Weather
10/02/2021 Newcastle  Flat (AW) Snow
09/02/2021 Taunton Jump Frozen Track
09/02/2021 Market Rasen Jump Snow
08/02/2021 Plumpton Jump Snow
08/02/2021 Carlisle Jump Frozen Track
06/02/2021 Wetherby Jump Heavy Rain
03/02/2021 Exeter Jump Waterlogging
03/02/2021 Leicester Jump Waterlogging
02/02/2021 Limerick Jump Waterlogging
02/02/2021 Lingfield Park Jump Waterlogging
01/02/2021 Sedgefield Jump Frozen Track
01/02/2021 Hereford Jump Waterlogging

January 2021

31/01/2021 Catterick Jump Waterlogging
31/01/2021 Fontwell Jump Waterlogging
31/01/2021 Uttoxeter Jump Frozen Track
30/01/2021 Fairyhouse Jump Waterlogging
30/01/2021 Cheltenham Jump Waterlogging
29/01/2021 Huntingdon Jump Flooding
28/01/2021 Wetherby Jump Waterlogging
27/01/2021 Wincanton Jump Snow
27/01/2021 Catterick Jump Frozen Track
26/01/2021 Kelso Jump Frozen Track
26/01/2021 Down Royal Jump Frozen Track
25/01/2021 Market Rasen Jump Frozen Track
24/01/2021 Thurles Jump Snow
24/01/2021 Hereford Jump Frozen Track
23/01/2021 Navan Jump Frozen Track
22/01/2021 Ffos Las Jump Waterlogging
19/01/2021 Fakenham Jump -
17/01/2021 Kelso Jump Waterlogging
15/01/2021 Huntingdon Jump Flooding
15/01/2021 Sedgefield Jump Snow
14/01/2021 Catterick Jump Snow
08/01/2021 Taunton Jump Frozen Track
07/01/2021 Musselburgh Jump Frost
07/01/2021 Ffos Las Jump Frozen Track
06/01/2021 Ayr Jump Frozen Track
05/01/2021 Ludlow Jump Snow
02/01/2021 Hereford Jump Frozen Track
02/01/2021 Ayr Jump Frozen Track
01/01/2021 Cheltenham Jump Waterlogging
01/01/2021 Exeter Jump Frozen Track